Whatever Happened, Happened

Season 5, Ep 11, Aired 4/1/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Kate, Sawyer and Juliet try to save Ben. Kate starts to tell the truth about the lie in order to keep Aaron from harm.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Carlton Cuse

  • Damon Lindelof

  • Bobby Roth

  • Matthew Fox

    Jack Shephard

  • Daniel Dae Kim

    Jin Kwon

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  • Fan Reviews (39)
  • A major revelation, and two life altering decisions

    By DavidB226Morris, Aug 15, 2010

  • A Tearjerker Kate-centric! :)

    By AnilThornberry, Apr 02, 2009

  • Finally! 5 reasons this episode works:

    By RobGrizz, Apr 02, 2009

  • Best show on the planet delivers another classic, Excellent kate-centric episode.

    By zedtaker, Apr 02, 2009

  • Ben clings to life as he gets help from a couple of unexpected friends to keep him alive.

    By marvelfan89, Apr 02, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Jack: (to Kate) You know, when we were here before I spent all of my time trying to fix things. But, did you ever think that maybe the island just wants to fix things itself? That maybe I was just getting in the way.

    • Sawyer: Doc, I need you to come with me. Jack: Come with you where? Sawyer: Juliet said the kid's losing blood. And we aint got none to put back in him. So we need you to show us where he sprung a leak.

    • Jack: You're telling us ... we're under house arrest? Miles: No. You're free to leave whenever you want. But, I'll shoot you in the leg.

    • Kate: He's just a boy, Jack. You can't just let him die. Jack: You heard Miles. We can't change what's already happened. This has nothing to do with me. Kate: Unless you're the one who's supposed to save him. Jack: Thirty years from now, that boy's gonna be a man that locks me in a cage because he needs surgery. And then you're gonna come in and you're gonna beg me to operate on him because he's threatening to murder Sawyer. I've already done this once. I've already saved Benjamin Linus, and I did it for you, Kate. I don't need to do it again.

    • Roger: Welcome aboard, Kate. I'm Roger. Roger Linus. (Kate looks up in shock as she connects the name.) Kate: It's nice to meet you, Roger.

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    Notes (5)

    • Original International Air Dates: United Kingdom: April 5, 2009 on Sky One Australia: April 22, 2009 on Network 7 Norway: April 29, 2009 on TVNorge Finland: May 14, 2009 on Nelonen Sweden: May 26, 2009 on TV4 Denmark: June 5, 2009 on Kanal 5 Czech Republic: June 15, 2009 on AXN Spain: June 18, 2009 on FOX Belgium: September 28, 2009 on VT4

    • First episode directed by Bobby Roth since "The Man Behind the Curtain".

    • Music: "Catch a Falling Star" - Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss (sung by Kate to Aaron when he is asleep). "She's Got You" - Patsy Cline (Kate is listening to this song when she is driving to visit Cassidy.)

    • Although credited, Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) and Jeremy Davies (Daniel) didn't appear. Michael Emerson (Ben) and Patrick Fischler (Phil) appeared, but had no lines. Naveen Andrews (Sayid) and Yunjin Kim (Sun) also appeared, but in archive footage.

    • A Kate-centric episode.

    Trivia (15)

    • The phrase, "Whatever Happened, Happened" was previously said by Daniel on two occasions (episodes "Because You Left" and "LaFleur") while trying to explain that the past cannot be changed.

    • When Juliet enters the house in search of Jack, a close up shot of Miles and Hurley shows a glass of orange in front of Miles. When the shot switches to show Miles and Hurley standing up, the glass is gone.

    • After Kate has donated blood, she has no bandage around her arm. Normally a bandage is kept on the wound for several hours after blood donation to avoid small hemorrhages.

    • When Kate and Aaron are in the grocery store, and Kate talks to the man handling boxes, the boxes appear to contain Gatorade with the "G" logo, which didn't begin until 2009.

    • When Sawyer first lifts Ben out of the van, the blood on his bandage is very apparent and bright red. In the next camera angle, the blood is a lot more washed out.

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    Allusions (3)

    • The discussion of Hurley and Miles alludes the Cassandra complex: The curse of having knowledge of the future, but being unable to alter the path of events or any ability to convince others as to the validity of one's predictions.

    • Mostly Harmless: The episode title could be an allusion to a Douglas Adams (Sci-Fi and Comedy author) quote from his book in the Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy. "Anything that happens, happens. Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen. Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again. It doesn't necessarily do it in chronological order, though."

    • Hurley: Checking to see if I'm disappearing... Back To The Future, man. This is in reference to the 1985 movie, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly. In this movie, he played a teen who travelled back in time 30 years in the past to 1955 and ended up hindering his parents' courtship. When it looked like his parents were not going to end up together, and therefore he would not be born, his hand started to go numb and disappear.

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